This book provides a fascinating survey of the career of one of Hollywood's great mavericks. In his memoir "Fragments", Andre de Toth took his readers on a roller coaster ride through his life. He gave scant mention to his film work. In "De Toth on De Toth", he redresses the balance and expounds - in his own exhuberant style - on his film-making career. The cast of characters includes his wife - the luminous Veronica Lake - as well as stars such as Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, David Niven, Vincent Price, Dick Powell, and a whole host of others in the Hollywood firmament. De Toth speaks of his work on "Lawrence of Arabia" and on "Superman", as well as revealing how a one-eyed director could make the 3-D masterpiece, "House of Wax".
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Though this is a transcript of conversations between filmmaker Andre de Toth and interviewer Anthony Slide, de Toth consistently addresses his remarks to an invisible listener whom he calls "Herr Future Director." De Toth seems to think that the only people interested in his remarks are those who wish to become filmmakers. But the dialogues here will fascinate anyone curious about Hollywood in the 1940s, '50s, and '60s; the producers who ran it; and the directors who struggled to realize their visions on screen. Part of the fun of this interview is watching de Toth sneak around Slide's questions, jumping from them to the topics he wishes to discuss, the counsel he wishes to dispense. Though he begins by saying he does not know the secret of being a film director, it becomes clear in the reading that de Toth believes good directors must have a strong sense of personal integrity as well as humble insight into their limitations. Evasive and cantankerous as de Toth so often appears, his fiercely independent and curiously charming personality jumps right off the pages of this enjoyable book.About the Author:
Anthony Slide is the author or editor of more than 50 volumes on the history of popular entertainment, including The Films of D.W. Griffith, The Encyclopedia of Vaudeville and Lois Weber: The Director Who Lost her Way in History. The former resident film historian of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, he is also the editor of the Film-makers series published by Scarecrow Press.
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Book Description Faber and Faber, 1996. Soft cover. Book Condition: New. No Jacket. a conversation with Anthony Slide. Bookseller Inventory # 00201390
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